|Old residential buildings on Ha Noi's Nguyen Cong Tru Street. The safety of residents is threatened by the creation of extra "rooms" mostly carved out of balcony space, in residential buildings. — VNS Photo Viet Thanh
HA NOI (VNS) — Many extra rooms, mostly carved out of balcony spaces, have been built in resettlement and residential quarters in Ha Noi affecting the buildings' and people's safety, according to local authorities.
Observations by the Vietnam News Agency's correspondent at the Den Lu 2 residential quarter in Ha Noi's Hoang Mai District showed that many add-on structures were built out of the apartment's balcony for several metres on the 17th and 18th floor causing dangerous conditions.
Pham Vinh Quang, head of the E Building in the residential quarter, said that building the expanded parts seriously affected the building's safety.
The management boards gave warning to the residents, but they still made it to have more space, he said.
The same situation happened at other residential quarters such as the Trung Hoa-Nhan Chinh resettlement quarter in Thanh Xuan District, the A6 Building in Giang Vo Ward in Ba Dinh District and the Xuan La resettlement quarter in Tay Ho District.
Nguyen Tam Thanh, who lives in the A6 Giang Vo Building, said that the building was built eight years ago, but so many people built add-on structures so the building was downgraded and looked like it was built in 1980s.
Pham Vinh Quang said that the ward had had a meeting with the Den Lu 2 residential quarter management board, and agreed that a punishment would be given to people building the add-on structures.
Dang Van Dung, chairman of the Hoang Van Thu Ward in Hoang Mai District which has the Den Lu 2 residential quarter, said that the ward authorities had checked the situation in the quarter, and found out that add-on structures were quite serious at the A1, A2, A3 and A4 buildings at the residential quarter.
Each of buildings had about 80 to 135 households building the add-on structures, he said.
In 2014, the ward authorities proposed the Ha Noi Housing Management and Development Co Ltd set up management boards for each building to control the situation, but did not reach agreements with the company.
A speaker of the Nhan Chinh Ward in Thanh Xuan District said that in 2009 to 2010, the construction inspectors and the ward authorities cut off electricity and water of violators, but then they set up the system on their own.
Tran Xuan Ha, deputy chairman of the Ha Noi Party Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education, said that building add-on structures affect the city's beauty and threaten the buildings' and people's safety, especially when a fire occurs.
Local authorities and concerned organisations should provide more education to raise people's awareness on the issue, he said.
If the people did not obey the regulations, local authorities must destroy the add-on structure based on the law, he said. — VNS